I created Shear Lines for the New Bedford Museum of Art in Massachusetts. It is comprised of more than 700 hand-made porcelain shapes hanging from a steel boat frame. Both the contour of the steel frame and the specific dimensions of the hull and keel are derived from the sheer lines (the schematic drawings) of a family-owned boat.

These repetitive, yet individual forms are reminiscent of buttons, bobbins, and spindles: the tools and implements with which I played in my grandmother’s sewing room as a child. That they also suggest bones or seashells and other shoreline discoveries is a wonderful serendipity.

They also frame a story about my own family sailing tradition and the rich history of the community in which this piece now hangs.

Shear Lines,New Bedford Museum of Art
Elizabeth Kendall Shear Lines,New Bedford Museum of Art
Elizabeth Kendall Shear Lines,New Bedford Museum of Art
Elizabeth Kendall Shear Lines,New Bedford Museum of Art
Elizabeth Kendall Shear Lines,New Bedford Museum of Art
Shear Lines
Elizabeth Kendall Shear Lines,New Bedford Museum of Art
Stern View
Elizabeth Kendall Shear Lines,New Bedford Museum of Art
Bow View
Elizabeth Kendall Shear Lines,New Bedford Museum of Art
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